Do We Finally Have an Official Title and Plot Information for BOND 23?

     August 30, 2011


There are a few things we already know about the 23rd James Bond film. For starters, we know that Oscar-winner Sam Mendes will direct the film which is currently set to open in the U.K. on October 26th and the U.S. on November 9th. We also have a pretty good feel for the cast which already includes Daniel Craig and Judi Dench reprising their roles as 007 and M respectively as well as Javier Bardem (making a turn as the unspecified villain), Ralph Fiennes (as a character of “extreme complexity“), and potentially Naomie Harris as Ms. Moneypenny.

With all of this info in mind, those concerned for the film’s immediate fate following MGM’s, um, money problems should be all but put to rest. That said, there’s still some aspects that inquiring minds would like to know such as “What’s the official title?” and “What’s it about?”. Hit the jump for a report that claims to answer both.

carte-blanche-book-cover-imageDefinitely file this under “extreme rumor” for now, but reports are surfacing that the 23rd Bond pic will be entitled Carte Blanche, incidentally a title shared by the latest 007 novel from Jeffrey Deaver. This “news” comes from Blic Online [via Bleeding Cool] that, in writing about a Serbian cellist named Jelena Mihailovic landing the opportunity to score the classic opening theme song for the film, also took the liberty of writing:

“At one of the many concerts the musician held in France during the Cannes Film Festival, the producers and the director of the next Bond film were in the audience, who were staggered by what they had heard and on the spot offered Jelena a chance to write the opening score for the new James Bond film, entitled Carte Blanche.”

While the potential reveals from that report stop there, as stated above, Carte Blanche is also the title of the latest Bond novel. Therefore, by virtue of a simple Amazon search, we can gather a basic plot synopsis of Jeffrey Deaver’s book:

James Bond, in his early thirties and already a veteran of the Afghan war, has been recruited to a new organization. Conceived in the post-9/11 world, it operates independent of MI5, MI6 and the Ministry of Defense, its very existence deniable. Its aim: To protect the Realm, by any means necessary.

A Night Action alert calls James Bond away from dinner with a beautiful woman. Headquarters has decrypted an electronic whisper about an attack scheduled for later in the week: Casualties estimated in the thousands, British interests adversely affected.

And Agent 007 has been given carte blanche to do whatever it takes to fulfill his mission . . .

daniel-craig-james-bond-imageIf this isn’t enough info on the book, Wikipedia provides a fairly spoiltastic take on the events of Carte Blanche:

He [Bond] starts his assignment on the outskirts of Novi Sad in Serbia where an Irish sapper-turned-enforcer named Niall Dunne is planning to derail a train carrying three hundred kilograms of methyl isocyanate, dumping it into the Danube. Bond is able to prevent the catastrophe by derailing the train himself at a much safer place along the line. He is unable to detain Dunne, who kills Bond’s Serbian contacts in the course of his escape.

So, what does all of this mean? Like I said before, I would take all of this information with a grain of salt for the time being. While I’m sure Deaver’s novel is an intriguing take on the character, I have a hard time believing that the screenplay for Bond 23 will follow the book plot point by plot point. That said, Craig’s take on Bond has seemed to get back in touch with some of the suspense and intrigue present in many of the novels, so a faithful adaptation of Carte Blanche could be in the cards. Only time, and the Internet, will tell.

  • Bridget Galeotti

    I’d like to see Kurt Angle and Gary Daniels as villains in this film. There would be amazing fight scenes between each of them with Daniel Craig.

  • Audrina VanSanten

    I hope that they set some of this film in the U.S. and that they include several famous American actors. They have excluded the U.S. from the film series since Licence To Kill (1989) and the sequence in Casino Royale (2006) at Miami International Airport was not even filmed in the U.S. It would be amazing for them to film in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Las Vegas and to see Daniel Craig as James Bond in those cities.

    • BloodGun06

      Ian Fleming’s book and short novels are running out, unless they use another bond book from a different author then they can really only choose between Risico, Property of a Lady or Bond in New York, to narrow it down both Property of a Lady and Bond in New York were both mentioned in Octopussy (I believe), therefore odds are that Risico is the title of the next bond film is high, unless off course, they go into greater detail on the other two short novels or worst comes to worst using another authors work before Fleming’s novels are completed in film

    • RichardTheBruce

      I’d actually like to see more American locations presented in a smart, modern way. That’s overdue and there are many fine possibilities.

      But on the other hand I’m against the idea of big name celebrities in Bond films (American or otherwise). That can come across as a distraction from Bond and his mission to me.

  • Ash Talon

    I believe there were other reports about the production wanting to shoot on trains and at train stations in India. And that trains would feature prominently in the plot.

    So…this could be legit.

    • rbevanx

      Beat me to it.

      They were gonna film the train part in India but I think it ended up being quite expensive.
      Last I was told was that they were looking to South Africa for the train parts.

    • Prisoner Monkeys

      The reports about shooting in India are legitimate. The reports about Mihailovic and CARTE BLANCHE are fake. Comepltely fake:

      1) Despite supposedly being a musical genius, Jelena Mihailovic has no presence on the internet aside from these reports. She’s not a member of any of Serbia’s orchestras the way the article suggests she is. She has no resume as near as I can tell.

      2) BOND 23 is currently looking to film in India, with the shooting permits coming through for a train sequence. India is not featured in CARTE BLANCHE, and while the novel does feature a train deraiment, it happens in Serbia and the article claims filming will take place there, too.

      3) EON have officially denied the reports. Which might not sound that big, but they have a long-established policy of not commenting on reports like this. Half a dozen websites have reported it, so they’re clearly keen to kill it off. They’ve also never adapted a continuation novel, or used the title of one.

      This isn’t an unusual practice in the Bondverse – an aspriring actor (usually in conjunction with their publicist or agent) releases an article about how they’re in contention for the next Bond Girl role. It’s a quick way to get instant credibility. Mihailovic has taken this to the next level.

      • Alex-mansy

        Yep just think of the title song for Quantum of Solace, absolutely terrible. And the songs for the last 5 Bonds before than. Noway they would jump to a classical musician.

  • Ivan

    Cate Blanchett??

  • FilmEdge

    The book’s plot doesn’t seem to fit with many of the supposed descriptions of B23 production, nor can I easily imagine Bardem fitting into any of it’s villain roles. There is a scenario with a train, but it has nothing to do with India and it’s only the ‘vehicle’ for a plot crisis, no action actually takes place aboard it where Bond is concerned. Then again, a total rewrite for the script isn’t out of the question, as happened with the adaptation of QUANTUM. Also, Carte Blanche does not take place in the Craig-universe of Bond as a novel, but that’s easy enough to alter. Since it’s not a Fleming novel, I suppose they could base a script on the book but pick and choose the parts they like and make their film out of those elements.

    • Jeff

      To be fair, even if it were a Fleming novel, that wouldn’t stop them from editing it as they see fit, to a massive degree.

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  • FilmEdge

    True enough, Jeff. I was commenting more on the fact that Deaver’s novel (which was an enjoyable Bond read) might require more retrofitting to parallel the Craig-Bond universe. I thought CASINO ROYALE was quite faithful to Fleming’s original, despite the time updating — it remained true to the soul of the book and of young 007. QUANTUM was, well, QUANTUM. That said, Deaver’s novel would require less updating and more retuning to the Craig Bond-iverse. I still am not convinced it’s the source material for this film yet… though they could do worse.

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  • David

    Should probably be specified in the article, the November 9th is in 2012 My heart skipped a beat there; I thought the movie was just a couple months from being out already!

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  • Matthew lane

    Why would we want any American involvement in this film? Or any ‘big name American actors’ as you put it. I’m thinking Halle berry as jinx??!!
    Bond is British. let’s keep it that way Thank you very much.

    • BloodGun06

      totally agree, it’s not like, we British are stealing the roles of American super films, such as Batman…!?

  • Stanley hoo

    I have been looking forward to the next bond film since I saw Dr. No in the 60′s I just love them.

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